Skip to Content

Spirit of Youth

Skipping school, sneaking out, falling in love, finding yourself … These short films remind us of the complicated nature of youth, both full of both wonder and fear. The whole world lies ahead of us, yet we can never quite get a grasp of where we are or where we’re going.

This film program is available internationally.

Q&A LIVE on 11/8 at 9:00 P.M. EST

In this program


Directed by Allan Zhang Tran

Two childhood friends ditch school during their senior year. What starts as a day of teenage frivolity ends with them making sense of their waning days—and friendship—in California’s San Gabriel Valley.


Directed by Nahyeon Lee

“Sixteen” is a coming-of-age short film that blends vignettes of domesticity with chaotic K-Pop fantasies in an honest exploration of intergenerational difference in a vivid portrait of Korean-New Zealand girlhood.

A Peacock Dance

Directed by Emily Eng

An Asian American girl attending Chinese School faces personal obstacles fitting in with her classmates.

Kama’aina (Child of the Land)

Directed by Kimi Howl Lee

A queer sixteen-year-old girl, Mahina must navigate life on the streets in Oahu, until she eventually finds refuge at the Pu’uhonua o Wai’anae––Hawaiʻi’s largest organized homeless encampment.